Village Boys Tennis Team Win TAPPS 4A District Title!
Each year our district tennis season concludes with a large tournament in which all the high schools participate. This year the district tournament was played over two days this past week (3/29 and 3/30) at Memorial Park, and indoors at Chancellor’s Tennis Center. Playing for the Village School were the following student-athletes:
Singles: Helen Z
Singles: Femke N
Doubles: Divya R & Paulina D
Doubles: Patricia P-B & Katie W
Singles: Shaunak S
Singles: Amit K
Doubles: Inigo A-O & Justus V
Doubles: Parin T & Yash A
The girls doubles and boys singles kicked off the first morning’s matches. Although both our girls’ doubles teams lost their first round match, both teams displayed some excellent shot-making, and Divya and Paulina extended their first set to a tiebreaker. Meanwhile, the boys singles lines of Shanuak and Amit both breezed through their first round matches.
The girls’ singles and boys’ doubles went on-court around 9:30am. Femke unfortunately drew the #3 seed in the first round, and although she lost, Femke courageously accepted a singles role in this her first year playing tennis. Helen Z won her first round match convincingly. On the boys’ doubles side, Inigo and Justus dispatched their first round opponents, while Parin and Yash outlasted their opponents 6-2, 6-4.
In the second round of match play Helen lost to the #2 seed, which ended the tournament for the Village girls. Parin and Yash lost to the #2 seed, but their 1st round win would later secure the boys their team championship. In singles Amit battled a sore arm but managed to defeat his older, bigger, and stronger opponent in straight sets. Meanwhile, on an adjacent court Shaunak suffered through bad leg cramps but prevailed in straight sets also. And in doubles Justus and Inigo again breezed through their match.
Rain then halted play for the day, and we resumed at 8am the next morning indoors at Chancellor’s. While Amit stayed home to let his injured arm heal, Shaunak faced a hot #3 seed in the semifinals and, after a fine tournament, bowed out 2 and 2. Inigo and Justus won their semifinal match fairly quickly, which set up a rematch with last year’s district champs from Emery. On this day the Emery team was better, defeating our guys 6-2, 6-4. We expect to face them again, however, at the state tournament on 4/11 and 12.
The points earned by the Village boys over the two days of match play was enough to earn the district team championship for 2016. Please be sure to congratulate all our players for a fine district season and tournament!